ZEBULON, N.C. — Payton Henry drove in three runs and Dylan File tossed seven solid innings for the Carolina Mudcats in their 7-3 win over the Salem Red Sox at Five County Stadium on Saturday evening.
After spotting the Mudcats a first-inning run that scored on an error, Salem took a 2-1 lead in the third on an RBI-ground out from Victor Acosta and an RBI single from Ryan Fitzgerald.
Carolina, however, took the lead for good in the bottom of the frame on a run-scoring double from Tristen Lutz, an RBI-ground out from Mario Feliciano and a sacrifice fly from Henry.
From there, the Mudcats padded their advantage, as Devin Hairston laced an RBI single in the sixth and Henry doubled home two more in the bottom of the seventh.
Edgar Corcino got a run back for Salem in the top of the ninth on a run-scoring double but that was all the Sox could muster.
File got the win for Carolina, tossing seven innings and allowing two runs on six hits with six strikeouts to run his record to 6-4 on the season.
Enmanuel DeJesus took the loss for Salem, allowing five earned runs on eight hits in six innings and falling to 3-5.
The first part of this month has not gone well for the Sox, which have lost six of seven since June 1.
Saturday’s loss was the 40th of the season — tied with Myrtle Beach for the most in the Carolina League. Salem is 18 1/2 games behind Northern Division leader Wilmington.
ON DECK: Salem finishes its stint in Zebulon with a 2 p.m. Sunday first pitch. Kutter Crawford (3-5, 3.30) gets the ball for the Red Sox to face Nelson Hernandez (5-3, 5.70) for the Mudcats.